Estrada leads Blue Jays over Rays in 12

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Toronto’s Marco Estrada threw a ca­reer- high 129 pitches in another strong per­for­mance that helped the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 1-0 in 12 in­nings of dom­i­nant de­fense, cut­ting the Rays’ lead atop the Amer­i­can League East di­vi­sion.

The Rays were not the only di­vi­sional leader to lose in ex­tra in­nings, with Hous­ton go­ing down in 13 in­nings at the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

The An­gels’ cross-town ri­val, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers won at the Chicago Cubs while St. Louis’ Jason Hey­ward con­tin­ued his power surge as the Car­di­nals took vic­tory at Mi­ami.

Toronto’s Estrada was on track for a per­fect game un­til Lo­gan Forsythe hit an in­field sin­gle with one out in the eighth in­ning. The throw to first was only marginally late and needed to be con­firmed by a replay re­view.

Estrada also car­ried a no-hit bid into the eighth in­ning of his previ- ous start. This time, he struck out 10, and de­parted af­ter giv­ing up another hit in the ninth.

Chris Co­la­bello won it for the Blue Jays when he hit a one-out shot off Bran­don Gomes (1-3).

It was even closer in Ana­heim, where the An­gels had to wait un­til there were two outs in the 13th in­ning be­fore Tay­lor Feather­ston poked a sin­gle over first base for the win­ning hit.

In the 13th, Erick Ay­bar greeted Joe Thatcher (1-2) with a lead­off sin­gle, ad­vanced to sec­ond on a sac­ri­fice and went to third on a ground­out. Chad Qualls walked Chris Ian­netta be­fore Feather­ston came through.

The Dodgers won 5-2 at the Cubs, with Justin Turner and Adrian Gon­za­lez both hit­ting homers.

Gon­za­lez con­nected for a lead­off drive in the sec­ond and Turner belted a three-run shot in the third, help­ing Los An­ge­les bounce back af­ter it scored just two runs across the first two games of the four-game se­ries.

The Cubs, who had won their pre­vi­ous four games, fin­ished with nine hits, but left eight run­ners on base.

St. Louis’ Hey­ward home­red for the third con­sec­u­tive game to help the Car­di­nals win 6-1 at Mi­ami.

Hey­ward hit a three-run homer, his ninth of the sea­son, in the sev­enth to blow the game open. The Car­di­nals had just one hit in the first six in­nings against Mi­ami starter Mat Latos (2-5); Kolten Wong’s two- run homer in the third.

San Fran­cisco’s Buster Posey hit his sec­ond grand slam in five games to lift the Giants to a 6-0 win against San Diego.

Posey went long off a 2-2 pitch from Ian Kennedy (4-6) with two outs in the third in­ning. That came two bat­ters af­ter Joe Panik’s sac­ri­fice fly drove in An­drew Susac.

It’s Posey’s fourth ca­reer grand slam. The Giants’ All-Star catcher also hit one against the Dodgers on June 19.

Kansas City’s Mike Mous­takas hit a two-run home run and Omar In­fante added a three-run dou­ble in a seven-run fourth in­ning which gave the Roy­als an 8-2 win at Seat­tle.

Al­cides Es­co­bar opened the fourth with a sin­gle off Roe­nis Elias (4-5), who had re­tired the first nine bat­ters. Mous­takas fol­lowed with a shot over the right­field wall and the Roy­als would score five more, all with two outs. In­fante dou­bled with loaded bases, then Jar­rod Dyson and Es­co­bar each fol­lowed with RBI dou­bles.

Washington’s Ian Desmond hit a sac­ri­fice fly with the bases loaded in the bot­tom of the 11th in­ning to give the Na­tion­als a 2-1 vic­tory over At­lanta and their fifth straight win.

Bryce Harper started the win­ning rally with a dou­ble off Dana Eve­land ( 0- 1) and came up limp­ing badly at sec­ond. But af­ter be­ing checked out, he stayed in the game.

Two walks — one in­ten­tional and one not — loaded the bases. David Aardsma came on to pitch, and Desmond hit a fly to deep left field that drove in Harper to end the game.

Cincinnati’s Mar­lon Byrd hit a two-run homer dur­ing a four-run first in­ning that set up the Reds for a 5-2 win against Pittsburgh.

The Reds have won — and scored at least three runs — in each of the three games this sea­son they have faced Pittsburgh starter Ger­ritt Cole (11-3). It is a cu­ri­ous record, as the Pi­rates are 11-1 when Cole starts against any other team, and he hasn’t al­lowed more than two runs in any of his 12 starts against other teams.

Cole had al­lowed just three earned runs in 27 in­nings in June.

Oak­land’s Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam and Josh Phe­g­ley home­red for the sec­ond night in a row as the Ath­let­ics won 8-2 at Texas for their fourth straight vic­tory.


Pittsburgh Pi­rates catcher Chris Stewart, left, can’t han­dle the throw as Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto slides safely home on a sin­gle by Mar­lon Byrd off Pi­rates start­ing pitcher Ger­rit Cole dur­ing the fifth in­ning a base­ball game in Pittsburgh, Wed­nes­day, June 24.

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